John Wayne Schulz appeared comfortable during his "American Idol" audition that aired this past Tuesday night, and there's a good reason -- the 23-year-old released an album by the time he was 14 years-old.
The ten-track set, titled "Ropin' Dreams," was recorded by a teenage Schulz in Austin and released on the Texas-based independent label BSW Records in the U.S., Europe and Pacific Rim, its president and CEO Frank Willson tells Billboard.com.
"He was very, very young when we first started," Willson says, though he could not recall the exact year that Schulz was signed. An article from Texas A&M University newspaper The Battalion that interviewed the then-14-year-old about his album is dated Apr. 22, 2002.